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Council reinforces safety at school gates message

PUBLISHED: 12:02 21 March 2018 | UPDATED: 12:02 21 March 2018

Culverstone Primary School. Picture: GBC

Culverstone Primary School. Picture: GBC

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Safety at school gates is a continuous priority of the council, who are using education as well as fines to combat the issue of unsafe parking outside of schools.

Cllr Alan Ridgers and Clive Nolan with the school children. Picture: GBCCllr Alan Ridgers and Clive Nolan with the school children. Picture: GBC

Whilst Gravesham Borough Council (GBC) continues to issue Penalty Charge Notices (PCNs) to parents who continue to flout the law when it comes to parking around their child’s school, it is also working on a project to send out a clear message.

Cabinet member for parking, cllr Alan Ridgers, said: “Giving out fines might seem like a hard line to take but school children are at such a high risk of being run over around the school gates that we must protect them in any way we can, and if that means fining those who can’t stick to the rules then that’s what we have to do.

“There’s no excuse for it and we will continue to make this area of our work a priority.”

The council’s senior Civil Enforcement Officer (CEO), Clive Nolan, is now working on the Safer Parking Project, with some of the local infant and primary schools, to educate pupils in the hope that parents will retain the safety advice.

Clive Nolan delivering the assembly at St Botolphs. Picture: GBCClive Nolan delivering the assembly at St Botolphs. Picture: GBC

The project involves Clive meeting with the schools and delivering fun, interactive assembly to the pupils, centred around what a CEO does, the reasons for the restrictions and what can happen if parents park on the lines.

He also explains general road safety and advice about crossing the road.

Four assemblies have been delivered so far, with another five scheduled in.

Clive Nolan added: “The project is very important to me, we have over 25 primary schools in the borough and I felt more could be done over and above enforcement to help ensure the safety of the pupils that attend these schools and also educate them and their parents about road safety.

Clive Nolan with the school children. Picture: GBCClive Nolan with the school children. Picture: GBC

“I have been really happy with the response so far and urge any school that has not yet contacted the parking department regarding the project to do so as it’s a really worthwhile project.”

Clive visited St Botolph’s School and Culverstone Primary School earlier in the month, as pupils gave out their versions of parking tickets.

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